Palm Beach County Whitefly Management
When your home or business landscape becomes infested with whiteflies it is incredibly important for you to get in touch with your local whitefly control company, Native Pest Management. Our team of dedicated pest control professionals is here to ensure that your ornamental landscaping is whitefly-free before they become a problem.
General Whitefly Biology & Identification
Whiteflies are a common pest here in South Florida, affecting both agricultural and ornamental crops. Until the mid-80s whiteflies were found to be primarily a greenhouse pest but were later found to affect ornamental plants as other whitefly species began to show up here in the Palm Beach County area.
Currently, there are various species of whiteflies that inhabit South Florida, with all of the species falling into two major categories — B-biotype and Q-biotype. The B-biotype of whiteflies is known to cause blatant damages to ornamental plants — including, but not limited to, causing plants to wilt and change colors to yellowish, silverish, or whitish hues. In fact, the B-biotype of whiteflies is the most common here in south Florida and is known as the “silverleaf” whitefly or Rugose spiraling whitefly.
The Q-biotype of whiteflies is known as the greenhouse whitefly and is not limited to one species. Thought to have originated in the Mediterranean, the Q-biotype of whitefly is commonly associated with its difficulty to control, as it is known to have adapted to pesticides due to its close proximity to agriculture.
Why are whiteflies such an issue here in South Florida? Compared with other pests that plague Palm Beach County ornamental plants, the whitefly is much more difficult to control — the primary reason being their long life cycles. In warmer temperatures, the whitefly can live for two to three weeks, while in cooler temperatures, whiteflies are known to live for up to two months. But what do they look like?
As you can likely guess from the name, whiteflies are small white insects that have moth-like wings. An adult female can grow to about 1/16th of an inch in length and can produce as many as 50-400 eggs in their lifetime.
Eggs can be easily identified as they are accumulated under the leaves of the ornamental plant inside, and around, your Palm Beach area home or business. Eggs will shift in color from light white to bluish-black as the pest is ready to hatch — producing small scale-like insects. Both the adults and newly-hatched whiteflies are known to feed on the juices from the underside of the leaf.
If your ornamental plants begin to show signs of stress, they could be under attack from whiteflies, so be sure to get in touch with us right away for our South Florida whitefly control services.
Ficus Whitefly Palm Beach
As a resident of Palm Beach County, you have seen the damage caused by the ficus whitefly. Throughout South Florida, ficus hedges have been decimated by this insect, turning what were intended to be nature’s privacy walls into see-through chain link fences. Whiteflies suck nutrients from plants which causes wilting, defoliation and branch dieback.
The good news is that your damaged hedges will very likely recover and thrive with a proper whitefly treatment program combined with our high quality fertilization program.
Following University of Florida treatment guidelines, we at Native Pest Management focus on preventing the ficus whitefly with a systemic insecticide applied to the roots of your ficus trees and hedges. Following this quarterly application, the insecticide is absorbed through transpiration into the plant material, eliminating the ability of whiteflies to feed on or lay eggs on the ficus leaves.
In addition to protecting your ficus from damage, our targeted treatment methods protect beneficial insects that prey on whiteflies, further enhancing the overall health of your landscape.
Rugose Spiraling Spiral Whitefly Palm Beach
The easiest way to determine if you have a spiral whitefly infestation is to walk outside and find the nearest gumbo limbo or coconut palm tree. If the tree is infested, you will see a white, waxy material covering the underside of the palm fronds.
Since whiteflies produce “honeydew”, a sugary substance, you may also notice the growth of black sooty mold on plants, concrete and vehicles underneath infested trees. Honeydew is a preferred food source of ghost ants, often referred to as sugar ants. It is common for people with active whitefly on their property to also be seeing these ants in their home.
If you have a pool, it may look like there is snow in the water and the pool may turn green as whiteflies and their honeydew secretions deplete the chlorine. If your pool is currently suffering from the effects of whiteflies, we recommend an immediate application of systemic insecticides to all host plants in the area and phosphate removal treatments for your pool until the whiteflies are completely eliminated.
Other common host trees and plants of the spiraling whitefly are areca palms, cocoplum, seagrapes, mangos, and live oak trees. Because natural enemies are a critical component of long-term whitefly control, it is important to avoid the foliar spraying of insecticides as much as possible.
If you believe your landscape may be susceptible to a whitefly infestation on one of your trees or plants, call us to schedule your free inspection.
Contact Us For South Florida Whitefly Control
Have you noticed that your ornamental plants are beginning to wilt or experience branch dieback? Have you seemed to notice that your plants seem stressed? If so, you might be experiencing a pest infestation. While there are a number of different pests that could potentially be responsible for your ornamental plant problems, we would be willing to bet that you are experiencing symptoms of a whitefly infestation.
If you see a whitefly, sign of whiteflies, or even suspect to have whiteflies present in your yard, it is important that you get in touch with our professional whitefly control team at Native Pest Management to discuss our whitefly treatments. At Native Pest Management, we employ integrated pest management strategies so that you can rest easy knowing that not only will the pests be exterminated, but they will also be deterred from returning.
Contact us today to schedule a whitefly control treatment for your Palm Beach County home or business landscaping!